Blake Dalton represented Alberta at the 1997 Canada Summer Games in Brandon Manitoba. His dream of making the national team led to a move to Victoria. After completing law school in Montreal, he returned to B.C. and is now the CKBC Provincial Sprint Coach.
When and why I was in BC:
I moved out to Victoria in the fall of 1999 when I was a young lad. Like many paddlers, I had aspirations of making the National Team. For me, it was an easy decision to move to Victoria: it's a great city to live and train; I could attend school while paddling year round; and the Men's Kayak National Team was based there.
Unfortunately, we lost our coach the following year. Thankfully Marek Ploch stepped in and coached a number of us, including Sara Hopkins and Ryan Cuthbert, for a couple of years. I benefited greatly from Marek’s knowledge and expertise. He eventually moved to China to coach the Olympic Team. In turn, I moved to Montreal with Ryan.
What am I doing now:
I am the BC Provincial Team Coach. It's pretty awesome now to be on the other side and help BC become the province we know that it can be.
I made the National Development Team in 2003 and have a number of medals from Nationals. I also had the opportunity to compete in Canada Summer Games and Western Canada Summer Games.
Fav paddling moment:
I feel like an old man sitting on a porch. I have many stories, but ultimately, I'm most fond of hearing from athletes that I used to coach. It's incredible to see the athletes use the skills that they gained from paddling in other avenues - whether that's in school or in their employment. Like a proud father, I like to then tell others what the athletes have been up to.
Canoe Kayak BC is the Provincial Sport Organization for the paddle sports and actively encourages and provides opportunities to enjoy, participate and excel in them. Members include competitive athletes, developing athletes, enthusiasts, coaches, officials, administrators and supporters of the sport. The association's mission enourages and promotes personal growth and success for our members through participation and performance in paddle sports.